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Author gromgull
Recipients gromgull
Date 2014-02-06.10:08:44
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When reading large files with fileinput, it will work as expected and only process a line at a time when used normally, but if you add an hook_encoded openhook it will read the whole file into memory before returning the first line. 

Verify by running this program on a large text file: 

import fileinput

for l in fileinput.input(openhook=fileinput.hook_encoded('iso-8859-1')):

and check how much memory it uses. Remove the openhook and memory usage goes down to nothing.

The problem is that fileinput calls readlines with a size-hint and in codecs.StreamReader, readlines explicitly ignores this hint and reads all lines into memory. is open for fixing up the documentation for fileinput, but a fix would also be nice.

I see two options: 

1. As suggested by r.david.murray: Give us a way of signaling to fileinput that it should not use readlines, for instance by setting buffer=None

2. Fix the codecs module to allow StreamReader to respect the hint if given. Although the comment there says it's no efficient way to do this, at least an inefficient way would be better than reading a possibly infinite stream in. A simple solution would be to repeatedly call readline. A more complicated solution would be to read chunks from the stream, and then encode them, just like the readline method does. 

BTW - this issue is py2.7 only, I tested a file object from with encoding in 3.3 and it supports readlines just fine.
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